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If you need directions to a meeting place, please call the hike leader. If you would rather join the group closer to the trailhead, please add that in the comments as you sign up for the hike, and the hike leader will contact you about the best rendezvous.

Location A - Van Buren - Cloverleaf Plaza parking lot by the stop light.

Location B - Fort Smith - Home Depot parking lot on the corner by the stop light.



Equipment

When hiking with the group, please bring all necessary personal items, such as water, lunch, sunscreen, etc., that you will need for an outdoor activity. Please be prepared for weather changes with rain gear and layers of clothing. Don't depend on fellow hikers to supply any of your needs. See our articles page for comments on hike equipment.

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Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 Meet Time: POSTPONED Sign Up
Event: Ouachita Trail
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: We will hike from Eagle Gap to Foran Gap for 9.6 miles rated strenuous. During leaf-off, there will be some nice views of the mountains and valleys as we ascend for 900 feet before dropping back down. Bring plenty of water and food. Meet at Home Depot parking lot at 7:30. Bob H will lead.
Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015 Meet Time: 8 AM Sign Up
Event: Lake Lincoln Trail
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: We will hike about 4+ miles on the Piney Loop. The trail follows the lake north and goes by many great rock formations. It crosses the dam where there is a wide view of the lake and a good place to spot eagles. From the dam the trail enters the woods, turns left from the lake loop and climbs up into a great pine forest. Bring lunch and water. Sign up on the web site if you plan to attend. Meet at Cloverleaf Plaza parking lot for an 8 AM departure. Linda will lead.
Saturday, Mar. 14, 2015 Meet Time: 8 AM Sign Up
Event: Cove Lake
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: This is a moderate 3.5-mile loop that circles the lake. There will be scenic views of the lake and a “lookout window” where you can see the top of Mt. Magazine. Meet at Home Depot parking lot for an 8AM departure. Gloria will lead.
Sunday, Mar. 15, 2015 Meet Time: 2 PM Sign Up
Event: General Meeting at River Valley Nature Center
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: Our program will be presented by Steven Hunter, local nature photographer. His new picture book, “Graced by the Light, The Cherokee Prairies", is a compilation of his work over an 11 year period on the tall grass prairies near Charleston, AR. Please join us for this slide presentation, refreshments and social time.
Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015 Meet Time: 7:30 AM Sign Up
Event: Ouachita Trail
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
GPS Location:
More Info: We will hike from Eagle Gap to Foran Gap for 9.6 miles rated strenuous. During leaf-off, there will be some nice views of the mountains and valleys as we ascend for 900 feet before dropping back down. Bring plenty of water and food. Meet at Home Depot parking lot at 7:30. Bob H will lead.
Sunday, Mar. 22, 2015 Meet Time: 1 PM Sign Up
Event: Lake Fort Smith State Park
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: We will start at the Visitors Center on the Ozark Highland Trail. There will be views of the lake, historic relics and rocky bluff lines. A new trail will loop us back to the Visitors Center for a moderate hike of about 5.5 miles. Meet at Cloverleaf Plaza for a 1 PM departure. Kenya is hike leader.
Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015 Meet Time: 8 AM Sign Up
Event: Brushy Creek Loop
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: This 6.0 mile hike will take us up a long, steep grade to reach the top of the mountain where there are great views of the Ouachita Mountains before we descend into the valley. There will be several creek crossings. Hike is rated moderate to strenuous. Bring lunch and water. Sign up on web site and be at Home Depot parking lot for an 8AM departure. Ed and Judith are hike leaders.
Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015 Meet Time: 8 AM Sign Up
Event: Mt Kessler
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: We are excited to go back to 1,854 foot Mt Kessler. This is a private area west of Fayetteville where volunteers have built 8.5 miles of trails. We will begin on the Rock City Trail, an area known for its stunning rock formations and then follow one of the loops for a total distance of 5-6 miles rated moderate. Weather permitting we will have pizza at Mr. Sharp’s as we did last year. If you did not hike last year, you will be required to sign a waiver and release of liability form prior to the hike. It can be found at http://www.mtkesslergreenways.com/index.html. Click the contact us button to print the form. We will leave from Cloverleaf Plaza parking lot at 8 AM.
Friday, Apr 17 - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 Meet Time: 4PM Friday Sign Up
Event: Buffalo Lodge Weekend
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: We are excited to go back to 1,854 foot Mt Kessler. This is This is an annual event in a spacious lodge near the Buffalo River. There will be lots of good hiking, canoeing, food, fun and fellowship. Use Contact Us button on web site for more information and to check space availability if interested in going. Cost is $75 for lodging and food.
Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015 Meet Time: 8 AM Sign Up
Event: Waterfall hike
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More Info: We will hike to Glory Hole, Magnolia Falls and Woods Boys Falls. Glory Hole will amaze you as it drills through a rock bluff line and Magnolia and Woods Boys Falls are very scenic. There should be lots of wildflowers along the way. Total hiking distance is about 4 miles rated moderate. Bring lunch and water.
Sunday, May 3, 2015 Meet Time: 1:30PM carpool/2:30PM Park Sign Up
Event: Spring Finale at Devils Den State Park
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More Info: Our 13th season of hiking will come to an end with our traditional hikes along the trails of Devil’s Den Loop and Yellow Rock concluding with a wiener roast/potluck at the Pavilion by the spillway. Bring a side dish, such as, salad, vegetable or dessert to share and your own beverage. Bring your family as this park can be enjoyed by everyone – even non-hikers! Please sign up if you plan to attend so we will know how many hot dogs and fixins' to provide. Also, indicate in comments whether you will meet at Cloverleaf to carpool or at the park.



Risk

Although you are probably safer in the woods than you are in the city, you could be injured while traveling to or participating in a hike organized by the TrailBlazers Hiking Club. Our volunteer leaders are in no way responsible for your safety. You choose to hike and take the risk, so you are responsible for your own well being. Club leaders urge you to know your limits, take precaution and avoid risky behavior on the trail that could endanger you or others. If you do get hurt while on one of our outings, neither TrailBlazers Hiking Club nor our volunteer leaders accept responsibility. If you do not agree with this, please do us, and yourself, a favor by not participating. We don't want to sound harsh, but our rapid growth and large numbers require us to make this statement.



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